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& The Busy Catholic
The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.
The distinctions between the two groups could not be clearer. The Dominicans, in their way of life and tried-and-true spirituality, represent a confidence and artfulness (habits are a beautiful and convincing witness to the new life one finds in Christ!) that attracts others to the beauty of Christ. By their humility and having chosen the "better part", the Dominican Sisters are more transparent to the Holy Spirit Who disposes people to Jesus. Like so many other congregations in the Church, the Sisters of Saint Anne, having shed their habits, are more a sign of timidity and a loss of conviction, especially a loss of conviction concerning the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as the only Son of God and only Saviour of the world.
It would be wrong to focus on the examples of worldliness and cuckoo-for-cocoapuffs antics of the Sisters of Saint Anne while failing to acknowledge the service they have provided to the local church. The Sisters have, for decades stretching back more than a hundred years, operated schools, nursing homes and later functioned as prison chaplains, even as their congregation evaporated. If others can learn what was right with the Sisters of Saint Anne while avoiding the serious wrongs they embraced, then perhaps good can come from the loss of the SSAs.
Word has it that five new young Franciscan friars have arrived in Victoria, BC and are making our city a hub for fostering vocations. Praise God!
As much as many places on earth depend upon the mercy of God for protection from the consequences of men's sins, so, too, the faithful living in the seemingly tranquil City of Gardens rely on God's mercy and His protection from the virtueless. Thanks be to God for His merciful relief, relief from lukewarm religion and liturgical abuse. The Diocese has undergone a seismic shift in the right direction over the last decade. Though there is still much work to be done, the arrival of the latest group of Franciscans is yet another sign of blessing that restores hope and kindles the fire of renewal in the hearts of the faithful.